Hey everyone this is my first post on HVAC-Talk. I'm just a lowly co-op going into my third year of electrical engineering, so I have literally zero knowledge when it comes to HVAC (and a lot of other things I probably should have learned my first two years ha) so try not to come at me too hard when I may appear to have little to no understanding of things being talked about.
My manager just purchased a few Johnson Controls Metasys devices off of eBay a week ago and gave me a few tasks. I've looked through the manuals, searched all over the internet, called tech support, and haven't found an answer to my problem. Most of the google searches led me here, and all of the technical expertise seems to be hanging around this forum so I hope I get a few good responses to my questions. I'll mainly post what I've done so far primarily hoping that if there's a part that I messed up, maybe someone can steer me in the right direction so I'll apologize in advance for the lengthy post.
What I've done so far:
I have an NAE35 device, and a VMA1420 device (and a few others but I'm not worried about them just yet). My first task was to get my computer talking to the NAE, and all of the devices talking to each other via N2. I found the instructions in the manual, so I hooked up my laptop to the NAE via an ethernet crossover cable, and accessed it through a web browser (IE) via its ip-address/metasys. Initially I had some Java version problems, but I downloaded the correct specific version and was able to open the, I believe it's called, Metasys System Extended Architecture software. I verified that the devices are talking by searching for field devices automatically, and up popped the VMA (and the other devices). I slightly configured it, and the device is online.
My manager asked me to see if I can control the actuator on the VMA1420 via my laptop. After doing a bit of research, it appeared that I could do this through HVAC PRO (not sure). I installed the entire M-Tools Rel 5.4.2 software package, which includes HVAC PRO on my laptop, but I'm having trouble connecting to the VMA1420 through the NAE35.
I've tried going in the MSEA menu under Tools>Field Device Tools>HVAC PRO (N2) but when I click on it, an alert pops up that reads "You must first install the passthru components on this machine before running the selected tool." The version of MSEA that's running from the controller is version 184.108.40.20600.
If somebody could enlighten a young student like myself and help me learn how to use these devices and primarily solve this problem it would be much appreciated! Any additional advice, info, or guidance is encouraged.